The Linda Mar, or Pacifica State, Beach in San Mateo County, California, is a mile-long stretch of beach that also doubles as home to part of the extensive system of trails that makes up the California Coastal Trail. This section of the trail is only a fraction of the 1,200 miles that currently make up the trail system, but it is a great hike with amazing views.
The California Coastal Trail extends up the entire coast of the state, and the area in Linda Mar is a popular local and tourist destination. It is surrounded by coves that separate it from the beaches to the left and right of it, Pedro Point and Rockaway Point. The beach and trails can be accessed through parking on the west end of Linda Mar Avenue.
Dogs are allowed on leashes, and Fido will surely love the fresh air and ocean breezes the trail affords you, as well as the mostly easy walk along a trail with minimal elevation incline (the exact elevation gain information is unknown).
The trail itself extends approximately four miles, depending on where you start. It is relatively level, except for a section as you pass through Rockaway Point, but the steep climb is doable for most people, including those in power wheelchairs.
The top of the climb at Rockaway Point looks out over a scenic view of central Pacifica and the Rockaway Beach District. When you head down the steep grade, there will be multiple paths to choose from that will take you to Rockaway Beach and the connecting California Coastal Trails that extend to a full seven miles in San Mateo County.
If you prefer, though, you can return to Linda Mar Beach after you have reached the summit of the trail if you don't want to travel the entire segment.
Fido is allowed on the beach, too, as long as you are using a leash, so after your hike, you can make use of the amenities, such as the restrooms, food concession stands, and showers as the perfect ending to a beautiful hiking experience.